The Scalzo Group
These clients had different “must-have” elements in their Master Bathroom Remodel but the same overarching goal – beautiful finishes that complemented their adjacent bedroom but with more efficient space usage than the existing bathroom. They both wanted a formal statement. A luxury bathroom that evoked old-world elegance without sacrificing modern comfort. She wanted a slipper tub to soak away work stress, and he wanted something easily cleanable with body sprays and a rain shower. Their side-by-side vanity layout needed more vertical storage and outlets for their grooming items. I proposed hand-painted botanical sinks that provided a stark contrast to the dramatic new black cabinetry and antique brass hardware. For her, I found a volcanic limestone tub with the right ergonomic fit, and for him, I created an age-in-place thresholdless shower with slab surround, built-in bench, and grab bar. For the shower surround and the vanity countertop, we used a new material. A large, book-matched, porcelain slab that mimicked Calcutta gold marble, but at a lower cost and weight.
To get the same antique brass finish on all the metal fixtures, we had to plate the feet and filler of the tub, as well as the shower grab bar. We also wanted to maintain a clean sightline on the shower, avoiding any metal channel framing. For this, we placed its door hinges proximate to the wall, which then also allowed a dual-use towel rack mounted on the shower wall adjacent to the tub.
Lighting was by antique brass fixtures and recessed cans, with dimmable LED bulbs to provide three preset illumination levels. Celadon box pleated valances and vases provided the perfect accent color to harmonize with the Calcutta gold marble, matte black tub and cabinetry, and antique brass lights. The wainscot built by the carpenters provided an old-world traditional feel to the 1980s construction.
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